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What If I Have Special Needs at Sea?

Special Needs at Sea

Needing special accommodations while cruising shouldn’t exclude passengers from enjoying every aspect of a cruise.

When planning a vacation, travelers with special needs have to research the places they want to go to be sure their needs can be met. Cruise ship passengers need to know about the accommodations and handling of special needs at sea.

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At CruiseExperts.com, we know how important it is for our clients to have their special needs attended to and have made sure we always help select the best cruises for handicapped people. If you or a family member have a special need and want to plan a vacation cruise, call us at 1.888.804.CRUISE (2784) for information on handicap accessible cruises. We’ll be sure to find the right cruise, destination, discounts, and deals for you, and we’ll also make sure whether your needs are dietary or physical that you are on a cruise designed to offer you the special services you need.

Handicap Accessible Cruises are Popular

There are many reasons people with disabilities enjoy cruises including being an affordable vacation option, wonderful dining, great entertainment, and wheelchair and scooter accessibility.

Probably the most popular reasons are the opportunity to visit many places during one vacation, having the same room every night, only unpacking luggage once, having nearby dining or room service when preferable, and friendly staff who get to know and understand their specific needs.

Cruises for Handicapped People

Cruise ship lines are making increased efforts to accommodate the special needs many travelers have, but not every ship is fully equipped to provide all the necessary services although they are improving yearly.

Every cruise ship line has some older ships that are gradually being updated and refurbished to make traveling easier and more comfortable for guests with disabilities. Newer ships are the best for being built to accommodate the needs of passengers with reduced mobility. Older ships are making changes when they go through their regular updated and refurbishes.

Each line is continually updating older ships with new handicap-friendly refurbishments. Some of the new additions you might find are handicap accessible bathrooms in public areas negating the need for guests to return to their stateroom. Some ships install automatic doors for wheelchair guests, and some restaurants offer menus in Braille.

It’s important to note that all cruise lines have a limited number of cabins and staterooms for guests with limited mobility, so booking early is always recommended.

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Special Needs Cruise Booking

In order to be sure you book a cruise on the best ship to accommodate you or your family member’s needs, call CruiseExperts.com at 1.888.804.CRUISE (2784). We know the ships and all the amenities they have available for mobility-limited guests.

Our agents know if a caregiver is required for the disabilities you need to be accommodated. We will find you the cruise to your choice of destination with the specific special needs services that are necessary to make your cruise safe, comfortable, and fun.

We’ll let you know if the cruise you want has the following concerns for people with disabilities:

  • A ship may have all the handicap amenities you need while on board, but some excursions require the ship to remain offshore while passengers are shuttled in small boats called tenders. Many tenders cannot accommodate people who have trouble walking or are in wheelchairs.
  • Since many excursions require a considerable amount of walking, some ships have wheelchairs and scooters available for rent. If you feel you will need one, it’s important to reserve it early, as the number available is limited.
  • It’s important to know the layout of the destination you have chosen for your cruise. While wheelchair excursions are sometimes available, they can be more costly. It’s better to choose destinations that offer slow-walking excursions. We can help you find the excursions that accommodate the disabilities you or your family members have.
  • We know the requirements for your mobility equipment (wheelchairs, scooters) in the ship’s stateroom and we will provide all needed safety information, regulations, and requirements of the cruise line regarding the width and weight of mobility aids and types of batteries and chargers.

Please see how FAQ page for any other cruise-related questions here.

Call us at 1.888.804.CRUISE (2784) to learn about and book a vacation trip on a handicap-friendly cruise ship. As with every cruise we book, we’ll get you the very best deals and discounts available with no charge ever for our services. We can answer all your questions, book plane flights (when needed), hotels, your cruise, excursions, and more. Our job is to lessen your workload, save you money and time, eliminate guesswork, and give you more time to enjoy your amazing cruise. Call us today at 1.888.804.CRUISE (2784), and let us make your cruise dream a reality. We can help you with all your cruise-related questions, and we love doing it.

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